South Locust Street in front of Warren G. Lineberry Park: 96 hours after the storm

Floyd mayor-elect Will Griffin provides this copy of the town’s snow removal ordinance:

TOWN OF FLOYD ORDINANCE

SECTION15-21  DUTY OF PROPERTY OWNERS AND TENANTS TO REMOVE SNOW FROM SIDEWALKS.

Within twenty-four (24) hours after a snowfall, each property owner shall remove the snow from the paved sidewalk in front of his property.  If the property is rented, the tenant shall remove the snow.

“We are obviously in defiance of our own zoning ordinances, as are many businesses in town,” Griffin said. “The timing of the snow combined with the volume of the snow make for a bad scene, especially for the shop owners.”

It took the town 72 hours to shovel a narrow path through the snow in front of the town’s municipal parking lot. Some Floyd business owners grumbled that they had their parking lots cleared Saturday long before the town got to its own lots.

On Wednesday, sidewalks on Locust Street still remained blocked. While most businesses shoveled at least a narrow path in front of their establishments, the clearing stopped at property lines and large mounds of snow forced pedestrians into the street. Also, sidewalks in front of many homes throughout Floyd remained untouched 96 hours after the snow ended.

Griffin said he has asked Town Manager Korene Thompson to look into the matter.